Millennium Consumption Goals—Part 2

The Millennium Consumption Goals are moving forward—and thanks to all the great comments we received, they’re getting more nuanced too!

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Food, Health, Policy

Charge It to My Green Credit Card

Last month, I came across a Reuters article in Mother Nature Network that discussed the benefits of a new “green credit card” in South Korea. I have to admit it sounds exciting, but the cynic in me also has to respond.

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Tags: Consumption, Economy, Shopping

It's Time for Millennium Consumption Goals

I read yesterday that a Sri Lankan scientist is calling for the drafting of “Millennium Consumption Goals” to help rich countries curb their climate-damaging consumption habits. It's a fantastic idea—but what would these MCGs include?

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Tags: Consumption, Environment, Transportation

Tallying the True Costs of Fossil Fuels

Monday, the New York Times reported that a National Academy of Sciences study tallied the cost of burning fossil fuels and found that it was running the county about $120 billion dollars each year. That price tag is based almost entirely on health care costs and thousands of premature deaths from...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Energy, Environment, Global warming, Health, Policy

McKibben Reminds Us that We Have Yet to Come to Terms with Our Limits

In A Timely Reminder of the Real Limits to Growth, a recent opinion piece in Yale Environment 360, Bill McKibben reminds us that it's been 37 years since publication of the book, Limits to Growth, which warned, "If the present growth trends in world population, industrialization, pollution, food ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

Carlos Castaneda and the Expanding Universe

Yesterday's post about recession vs. expansion thinking got me thinking in more universal terms. Modern astronomers think that universes expand and contract; one proof of this is the so-called redshift, the light version of the Doppler effect you may be familiar with in terms of sound. Our expand...

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Tags: Consumption, Einstein, Hubble, Mysticism, Redshift, Simplicity, Universe

G20 Leaders Signal an End to Free Ride for Fossil Fuels

On one or two occasions, friends of mine have complained about renewable energies because they have to be subsidized to survive. (Yeah, I know. Fun party conversation.) My response is always to point out that we've been subsidizing fossil fuel production for decades. I never go into any details, ...

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Tags: Carbon, Climate, Climate change, Consumption, Economy, Environment, Global warming, Policy

The Joy of Not Being Sold Anything

It's easy to find yourself lost in a sea of advertisements. Billboards, TV, Radio, the Internet, etc. Everyone is screaming to grab the public's attention. And for the most part, they have the same message: BUY SOMETHING! Not only that, but buy something NOW (respond to this blog within the next ...

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Tags: Advertisement, Consumption

NYT Reporter Asks Economists About the Future of Consumer Culture

A few days ago, New York Times reporter and Dot Earth blogger Andrew C. Revkin asked a handful of prominent economists what they thought about evidence showing a substantial and sustained cooling of consumer spending habits. In addition to Nobel laureate, Kenneth J. Arrow, a few others weighed in...

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Tags: Consumption, Culture, Economy, Environment, Policy, Recession, Shopping

Post-Gandhi India Still a Source of Green Inspiration

Discussions about reducing carbon emissions and fighting the global environmental crisis often break down between developed and less-developed nations, with the most heavily-polluting countries ironically dispensing the most advice about how to live green. What can Americans learn from a country ...

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Tags: Asia, Consumption, Developing nation, Gandhi, India, Simple living, Sustainable consumerism

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